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Le suivi en maison de naissance : une liberté de choix pour les femmes ? Une approche sociologique

Abstract : France has legalized the experimentation of birth centres in 2013, after 20 years of negotiations about the existence of these structures, while in several European countries or in North America they have been existing for forty years now. This late legalization happens in a context of debate and questioning over birth concentration in nursing hospital structures. In this context, women's choices for their low-risk pregnancy's follow-up and delivery are restricted to types I, II and III maternity units. Despite that, a minority of women has opted for birth centres, a still undeveloped alternative structure in France. The objective of this study is to determine the motivations which led women to make this choice by a sociological approach. Fifteen semi-directed interviews were then conducted with women at Ile-de-France region's two birth centres: the CALM birth centre and Pontoise's birth centre. We then showed that these women, regardless of the birth centre where they were being followed, were looking for a de-medicalization of their pregnancy follow-up and delivery and for care by one single midwife. However it seemed obvious that women were mostly looking for emancipation against medical power and demanding respect for their desires and their freedom of choice. But, is this choice really free if it’s made out of spite or if it is underpinned by economic arguments?
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Laura Charlotte Bruneau. Le suivi en maison de naissance : une liberté de choix pour les femmes ? Une approche sociologique. Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2016. ⟨dumas-01412808⟩



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